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In the past year, WSBA Sections have sponsored approximately 70 CLE seminars and hosted multiple professional networking events around the state. Various sections offer a plethora of member benefits, including, but not limited to:

  • List serve communities
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  • Free and discounted CLEs
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Each section is led by a group of volunteers who are elected to serve on the executive committee. Many find leading a section to be a rewarding experience because of the leadership growth, professional development, firsthand experience with the legislative process, and collegiality it offers. Executive committee discussions are productive and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to work with other legal professionals in a goal-oriented setting that benefits WSBA members and the greater legal community.

Executive committee terms begin Oct. 1, 2022, and sections accept applications for the following year in early spring. Consider applying to become a section leader!

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Updated: Dec. 27, 2022

LGBT Law Section

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Law Section strives to:

  • Support understanding among WSBA members of the legal needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents of Washington
  • Assist LGBT residents and those who represent them
  • Better understand how their legal needs can be met
  • Support research, education, and collaboration by section members on issues of sexual orientation and gender identification
  • Promote the study of LGBT law and report on changing law and regulations as they affect LGBT people and communities
  • Assist in legislative work undertaken within the scope of GR 12
  • Act as a liaison between the WSBA, its Board of Governors, LGBT organizations, and the public

Executive Committee

Chair: Nic Doherty (2022-2023)

Chair-ElectSean Dong (2022-2023)

Immediate Past Chair:  Peder Punsalan-Teigen (2022-2023) 

Treasurer: Jonathan McCoy (2022-2023) 

SecretarySam Gouveia (2022-2023)

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Vacant

Board of Governors Liaison*Kevin Fay (2022-2023) and Brent Williams-Ruth (2022-2023)

At-Large Members

Joann Pheasant (2021-2023)
Mike Ryan (2021-2023)
Sara Epler (2022-2024)
Sierra Ogasawara (2022-2024)
Dean Petitta (2022-2024)

*Nonvoting member

The WSBA LGBT Law Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings via Zoom 4-5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

Join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 949 8944 4672
Passcode: 503653

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To join the section list serve and for general questions, please send your email address and Bar number to For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact Section Chair Nic Doherty.

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